A Cool Review for Shine in the Guardian - Whew!

***Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2014***

Shine by Candy Gourlay
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.'
Philip Ardagh, The Guardian
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Monday, 31 March 2014

Writer's Block? Just Write Rubbish


If you can't see the video, view The Writer's Block by KickThePJ here


My charming and beautiful daughter took time off from her GCSE tower to show me this video today.

Kick the PJ is one of those YouTube stars who make fab short films that make me wish I was still young enough to spend more time with YouTube. If you like this, do go forth and subscribe.

The message is: if you're blocked, just write rubbish!

I totally agree.

You don't have to write perfect prose all the time. My friend Jane McLoughlin (who wrote the amazing At Yellow Lake), sometimes jokes that she's writing but she hasn't written the long words yet.

I know exactly what she means. Writing gets done only by writing, but the words you are laying down don't have to be right the first time.

And if you're finding it hard? Just write anything.

Then those voices whispering in your ear ... you know, the ones that say, 'You can't write!' 'Your publisher is BLIND!' 'YOU HAVE NO TALENT!' -- yup, those voices *shudder* ... well, if you just write rubbish, they will eventually get bored and go away.

And when they go away, huzzah!

The words are sure to come.



Read my previous posts:

Readers Who WriteI love LibrariesBeast QuestStory is not colour blind
The Writer is You
Whoever You Are
Dear Candy Gourlay
Letters from
Ellis Guilford School
Multicultural is about
inclusion not
difference
Origami Fan Mail

4 comments:

  1. Great post, Candy. Still haven't written the long words...

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    1. I chuckle whenever I remember what you said.

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  2. Fun! I shall get on and write some rubbish words. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Yay! I've been writing rubbish all day as a result.

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